Microsoft Teams create pollSource: Windows Central

On Microsoft Teams, the ability to create polls is a great way to interact and get a quick response from your audience about something specific or settle a conflict. However, the option to use the feature will depend on whether you are using the paid or free tier of the communication service.

If you use the paid version of Microsoft Teams, you can use the Microsoft Forms integration that allows you to create and publish a poll in meetings, chats, or channels in seconds. On the other hand, if you have the free tier of the service, then Forms won't be available, but you can use third-party tools that offer a similar experience and even more customization options.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the easy steps to create and publish polls on Microsoft Teams, whether you're using the paid or free version of the service.

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How to create a poll on Microsoft Teams using Forms

To create a poll on Teams, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Click on Teams from the left navigation pane.

    Quick note: You can also create polls during a meeting or chat.

  3. Click the New conversation button.
  4. Click the Messaging extensions (three-dotted) button.
  5. Select the Forms option.

    Microsoft Teams Messaging extensions buttonSource: Windows Central

  6. In the "Question" field, type the question for the poll.
  7. In the "Option" fields, type the answers you're seeking.

    Microsoft Teams create poll optionSource: Windows Central

  8. (Optional) Click the Add option button if you need additional options.

    Quick tip: You can always click the trash can button to remove an answer.

  9. (Optional) Turn on the Multiple answers toggle switch if the question has multiple answers.
  10. (Optional) Clear the Share results automatically after voting option.
  11. (Optional) Check the Keep responses anonymous option.
  12. Click the Save button.
  13. Review the question and answers.

    Microsoft Team review pollSource: Windows Central

  14. Click the Send button. Or click the Edit button to modify it.

Once you complete the steps, the poll will be available in the channel, meeting, or chat, and members will be able to submit their votes. In addition, below the question, you'll be able to see current poll results, including the number of people who submitted their votes.

As people submit the votes or at a later time, you can also check more details, including who voted and the answer they selected, in the Microsoft Forms app.

How to create a poll on Microsoft Teams using Polly

If you are not using the paid version of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Forms to create polls, surveys, and quizzes won't be available, but you can use third-party tools to create polls to get feedback from users.

You may be able to find other services, but for this guide, we're using Polly because it offers free and paid services to create polls and surveys on Microsoft Teams and Slack. Since this is not a Microsoft product, remember to check their privacy policies and limitations before using this or any other service.

To create a poll in the free version of Microsoft Teams, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams.
  2. Click on Teams from the left navigation pane.
  3. Click the New conversation button.
  4. Click the Messaging extensions (three-dotted) button.
  5. Select the Polly extension.

    Polly poll extension for Microsoft TeamsSource: Windows Central

    Quick tip: If the extension isn't available, click the More apps button, and search for "Polly."

  6. Click the Add button.

    Install Polly extensions on TeamsSource: Windows Central

  7. Sign in with your Microsoft account.

    Polly sign in on Microsoft TeamsSource: Windows Central

  8. Click the Accept button to continue.

    Polly allow access to Microsoft accountSource: Windows Central

  9. Click the Create new button.

    Microsoft Teams create poll with PollySource: Windows Central

  10. Specify a schedule to publish the poll.

    Microsoft Teams schedule a pollSource: Windows Central

  11. Under the "Question" section, select the type of question you want to ask, including:

    • Multiple choice.
    • Open ended.
    • Rating.
  12. Complete the poll question.

    Polly create poll configurationSource: Windows Central

  13. (Optional) Check the Allow multiple votes option.
  14. (Optional) Check the Audience can add choices option.
  15. Configure the poll settings as necessary.

    Polly available settingsSource: Windows Central

  16. Click the Preview button. Or you can also click the Save to template to repeat a similar question in a future poll.
  17. Click the Send button. Or click the Edit button to modify it.

    Publish poll on Microsoft Teams channelSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, the poll will be published in the Teams channel according to your configuration.

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